Seniors Stop In Sunny Ormond Beach
In 1903, the smooth, hard-packed sands of Ormond Beach became a proving ground for automobile inventors and drivers. These first speed tournaments in the US earned Ormond the title “Birthplace of Speed”.
The city is named for James Ormond I, an Anglo-Irish-Scottish sea captain commissioned by King Ferdinand VII of Spain to bring Franciscan settlers to this part of Florida.
For Seniors Who Like Water
Bordered by the Tomoka River on the west, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and home to numerous rivers, lakes and springs, Ormond Beach is an ideal location for a myriad of water activities. Senior visitors can also enjoy a variety of cultural and recreational events offered throughout the year – and the pleasures of its historic downtown Main Street.
The local Chamber of Commerce called Ormond Beach… “Our Version Of Paradise.” They further note that Ormond Beach is near everything in Central Florida.
It is a community bisected by major arteries going everywhere, I-95 runs north to Maine & south to Miami. I-4 takes you west where you will travel through Orlando, the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, and on to Tampa.
The community is separated by the Halifax River, which is the Intracoastal Waterway traveling the East Coast of the United States. The city claims the highest standard of living in Volusia County and was originally established as a tourist haven for the rich and famous at the turn of the century, like J.D. Rockefeller.
Seniors Drive The Florida Scenic Highway
Several notable people called Ormond Beach home including Rockefeller and Shirley Chisholm, a member of the U.S. Congress. The area abounds in historic places: Anderson-Price Memorial Library Building, The Casements, Dix House, Bulow Creek State Park, Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens, Halifax Plantation, North Peninsula State Park and the Tomoka State Park.
And my oh my, senior visitors, you will keep busy with the help of TripAdvisor that lists almost one hundred things to see and do. You will discover that the Ormond Loop and Scenic Trail is part of the Florida Scenic Highway and national Scenic Byway program. With a near-ideal climate in Ormond Beach, residents and visitors alike take the opportunity to enjoy an assortment of outdoor activities all year long.
VirtualTourist kicks in with 21 additional suggestions that includes The Casements, a 19th century mansion. John D. Rockefeller bought this mansion in 1918.
Today the Casements is a cultural center, open for tours and is listed on the national register of historic places.
Seniors, enjoy your stay in Ormond Beach exploring, taking in the sun, the beach and fine dining. -jeb